My wife and I started gardening in Fukuoka (Japan) in 2003. There was nothing but muddy clayey sloping land. At the beginning we made several structure such as steps and paths, and planted turf, fruit trees, roses, herbs etc.
In 2010, we visited several famous English gardens, including Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Mottisfont Abbey Garden and Hidcote Manor Garden. We were shocked by the glory of those gardens. Since then, we have been trying to make little but glorious gardens by ourselves.
Roses vigorously grow their leaves in the garden,
and Rosa banksiae bears a small numbers of flowers.
Shrub and climbing roses in the main garden start to flower
at the beginning of May, i.e. a month later.
Between two rose arches of Angela and Pierre de Ronsard
six varieties of shrub roses are grown beside sleeper steps.
They make a wonderful scene in mid-May.
It's been raining for three days,
and the cherry blossoms are falling in the rain.
They stick on everything under the tree;
the compost bin, leaves of globe artichoke, the arbour seat etc.
The 45-year old thermometer reads 11℃.